Facebook is a massive social networking platform that reaches into nearly every aspect of users’ online and offline lives. This networking giant acquires businesses that offer features it doesn’t currently have, and is constantly morphing into something that transcends social media. When you think online marketing, it’s nearly impossible to miss Facebook. In fact, many businesses consider Facebook their only online marketing strategy – although we shouldn’t put all our eggs in one basket – but this reliance on the platform demonstrates just how influential it is.
The follow 25 Facebook stats provide insightful data points all marketers can leverage – whether it’s convincing a client to sign on for a social media campaign or creating facebook-specific content.
- There are 1.01 billion mobile active users (MAU) on Facebook. It’s more than likely that your audience is using Facebook on a mobile device. Keep a “mobile first” mentality, and make it easy to access content linked from Facebook. Your website or blog should be ready to handle users who visit your site from Facebook. (Source: TechCrunch)
- Mobile advertising revenue represented 62% of advertising revenue in the second quarter of 2014. This is especially interesting information for app developers. Using Facebook news feed ads, you can drive app engagement and installs. Facebook even allows you to link to specific areas of your app directly from the news feed. (Source: Facebook Investor Relations)
- Ages 25 to 34 represent 29.7% of users and are the largest age demographic on Facebook. This age range represents a prime demographic for most marketers. Your market is there, but you’ll have to do your part to get them engaged with your brand. Find out their needs and what they’re interested in, then craft content that speaks to them. (Source: EMarketer)
- Nearly $1.2 billion of Facebook’s revenue comes from US and Canada.
Facebook is making money because advertisers are making money. A good Facebook marketing strategy can help your brand tap into this income stream. (Source: Bloomberg)
- The highest Facebook traffic occurs mid-week between 1 and 3 p.m. Your focus should be on reaching your Facebook audience when they are on Facebook. Use this bit of information to know when and how to schedule your posts and other content on Facebook. If you’re using automated social media posting apps, be sure to keep these timeframes in mind. (Source: Bit.ly blog)
- Engagement is 18% higher on Thursdays and Fridays. This, again, is valuable content scheduling information. While engagement is higher, these days also lead into the weekend. Produce content that will stick, so your audience will remember you on Monday. (Source: Bit.ly blog)
- Facebook users spent $234 million dollars worth of virtual goods and gifts on Facebook over the last quarter. This is more exciting news for app developers. But this is also good for businesses that use virtual gift cards and gift certificates. If you aren’t yet, it’s definitely worth looking into. (Source: Facebook)
- 293,000 statuses are updated, 136,000 photos are uploaded, and 510 comments are posted every 60 seconds. Your job is to get your brand in the midst of all this engagement and activity. If your content is relevant and engaging, users will share it (source: The Social Skinny). For example, MenuDrive – an online and mobile ordering software company – posts originial and thoughtful content on their Facebook page instead of propaganda or advertisements. This type of content is engaging:
- People search 1 billion times per day on Facebook.
Drive need and want for your product, service or content. When users feel connected to your brand, they will look for it on social media. Make sure you’re present there when they search. (Source Facebook)
- 80% of the top apps on iOS and Android use Facebook Login. There’s good reason for this. Users like the convenience and ease of logging in to an app or website with Facebook. Just having this feature substantially increases registrations. Even in the face of privacy concerns, users still find themselves choosing the useful feature. (Source: Facebook)
- Creation of local business pages has increased 100% from 8 million in 2012 to 16 million in 2014. Even small businesses realize the marketing potential of being on Facebook. But presence isn’t enough; you have to reach out to your audience. Before even considering ads, your business should certainly be taking advantage of free pages for business. (Source: Facebook)
- Promoted posts totaled 7.5 million from June 2012 to May 2013. This demonstrates, again, that business Facebook users are taking advantage of the huge market Facebook offers. (Source: Facebook)
- Businesses spent $2.66 billion on Facebook advertising, which represents an increase from $2.27 billion last quarter. When executed correctly, Facebook ads can drive leads to your business’s website. Just understand that Facebook ads should only be one part of your online marketing campaign.
- 654 million people use Facebook mobile on a daily basis, an increase from 609 million last quarter. A large part of your marketing should be geared toward mobile users. Mobile use is on track to surpass desktop use, but many marketers neglect this segment. (Source: Facebook)
- Monthly Facebook access increased from 1.28 billion to 1.32 billion since last quarter. This fact just reemphasizes that users are very active on Facebook. (Source: Facebook)
- Facebook users are 53% female and 47% male. The key understanding here is that, in a practical sense, there is an equal opportunity to reach both genders. Females edge out male users only slightly. But if you’re brand is seeking a mostly female audience, you’ll easily find them. (Source: Emarketer)
- Facebook revenues totaled $.86 per user from Europe and the rest of the world. If your business has an international audience, your efforts to reach them certainly won’t be lost on Facebook. The mega social media site transcends borders, which is a major opportunity for businesses that want to go international with their marketing.
- Users share 4.75 billion pieces of content daily as of May 2013, a 94% increase from August 2012. Again the evidence makes it clear that people are engaged on Facebook, and it only continues to increase. Position your brand by contributing relevant content that is easily shared. Make it easy for website visitors and blog readers to share information with buttons. You can even go so far as encouraging them to do so (source: Facebook). Take the CAT dealer Gregory Poole as an example of how a seemingly “silo” industry can use Facebook to promote content that isn’t self-serving:
- 4.5 billion likes are generated daily as of May 2013. Some of the most liked content on Facebook also has the most comments and shares. While you want likes, comments and shares, aim to get them legitimately. Do this by crafting content that speaks to your audience. (Source: Facebook)
- Ad costs per unit have increased 122% since just last year. This has to do with Facebook’s ever-expanding list of acquirements, users and revenues. As they grow, we can expect that ad costs will follow suit. If you’re a small business, take the time to really consider if Facebook ads are the next step for your business. (Source: Facebook)
- 1.5 million businesses purchase Facebook ads. Many businesses see the benefit in purchasing Facebook ads. This doesn’t mean that it’s for every business. Also be sure that your ad campaign on Facebook follows through with leads. That includes making sure your ads are really working for you and sending a clear message to potential customers. (Source: Facebook)
- The average time spent per Facebook visit is 20 minutes. Facebook users don’t mind hearing what you have to say, but you’d better make it short and sweet. Quality doesn’t equate to length. If the average user is only spending 20 minutes on Facebook in a single visit, make it so that you get your point across quickly. Or make your content interesting enough that they’ll want to save it to read later. (Source: Infodocket)
- The average Facebook user spends 40 minutes a day on Facebook. In a whole day, that isn’t very long. Having been bombarded with content and information from friends, family and businesses, you’ll be lucky to be amongst the content the user actually engages with. To increase your chances, create strong content.
- Videos are watched and shared on the Facebook news feed twice as much as just six months ago. Diversify your content. While images are still king on Facebook, videos appear to really be taking off, and your brand should take advantage. (Source: Facebook)
- 42% of marketers say that Facebook is critical or important to their businesses. Facebook is a crowded place. But you can’t sit back while your competitors are interacting with your audience. The key here is to create a unique space for your brand that users are drawn to and recognize apart from all the others. (Source: State of Inbound Marketing 2012)
As you can see, Facebook’s massive reach offers the audience and the means to contribute and share information. If you want potential customers to notice, take the time to produce content that engages, inspires and informs. These Facebook stats are convincing for many clients who are on the fence about allocating some of their budget to a social media campaign. Before Facebook increases their ad costs again, it would be wise to make the case for clients.